Friday, October 27, 2006

A great game: Canucks 3 Capitals 2 (Shootout)

Well, I guess we can stop picking on Temujin. He was at the game tonight, and the Canucks squeaked out a win over the Capitals 3-2 in a shootout, with Brendan Morrison sneaking a shot through Olaf Kolzig's pads to win it in the extra frame. Good on Morrison, who shrugged his shoulders after the shootout goal as if to say: "I'll take it."
What a game. The Nucks really should have won this one about 7-2, but Kolzig made kept the Caps in it. The final shot total was 44-21 in favor of Vancouver. The Canucks played a great game. If you could fault them, you could say that they took too many penalties in the 2nd period when the Capitals finally started playing well. When they were up 2-0, and dominating, Ohlund took a holding penalty, and Dainius Zubrus scored a PP goal. Alex Ovechkin scored another just under 2 minutes later, and uh-oh, we thought the Canucks could ruin this one, and that Temujin really was a f---ing curse to the team. But the Canucks held on until the 3rd period started, and then dominated the 3rd period, outshooting the Caps 15-2. But Kolzig played brilliant.
An uneventful OT solved nothing, and we thought for sure that Roberto Luongo would gaff in the shootout. However, Matt Pettinger shot the puck at Luongo and Yo stopped the puck easily. Naslund absolutely undressed Kolzig and scored on a backhand. Then Ovechkin made Luongo look stupid, but put the shot off the post. Next up was Morrison, who faked left and right on Kolzig, and then put the puck between Kolzig's legs. Kolzig was already sliding backwards, but the puck squeezed through his legs and crossed the goal line. What a terific climatic ending to the game.

Zanstorm's 3 Stars
1. Olaf Kolzig. Amazing saves. Was the best player of both teams.
2. Brendan Morrison. 1 assist, a +1. The best he has played all year.
3. Roberto Luongo. Looked pretty solid. Saved the Canucks' butts when Washington woke up.

What do you guys think of Ovechkin? I think he looked inconsistent. Sure he had 2 points (1 goal 1 assist.) But he disappears for large segments of the game, IMO. A part of that can probably be attributed to the Canucks' good coverage of him tonight.
The Nucks also did a great job neutralizing Alexander Semin, who was only visible tonight when he was knocked on his ass, and his nose was bleeding.


At October 28, 2006 at 8:55 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Ovechkin was nowhere to be seen during the entire game, except for those 3-4 minutes in the second when the refs felt the need to even-up the game. Fucking bullshit phantom call on Naslund!

Markus also looked like a sackball during much of the game, but it was nice to get secondary scoring again.
If you had seen my face during the overtime, you would have thought I was suicidal. I was not looking forward to a shootout! But sonofabitch, Luongo did good, Naslund bagged a beauty (wtf?!?!?!) and Morrison finished 'er off. What a great game to attend. Hey, did I mention I attended it live?

At October 28, 2006 at 1:40 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

HAHA! Yeah we were saying that must have been a beauty to be at live.
The best game I saw live was at the Molson Center in the late 90's. Habs vs the Sabres. I believe it was Brisebois who scored the winner with only 40 seconds left in the 3rd.
At that time, Linden played for the Habs and was player of the month. Doug Gilmour and Hasek played for the Sabres.
There was a buttload of Sabres fans in the cheap seats chanting and singing for the entire game. Cool stuff.
Jin, good on ya for finally seeing a win. The hex is over! You can get on with your life!


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